Kirpan

  • Students were asked to remove bracelet, kripan to take test, say parents August 20, 2013

    Parents of some Sikh students have alleged that their children were asked to remove religious symbols like kirpan and kada (bracelet) to gain entry at some centres in Chandigarh for the PGIMER entrance test. The candidates, who also included girls, were later allowed to take the test yesterday and were...
  • Delhi: Man attacks copassenger with a dagger in metro station August 11, 2013

    New Delhi: A youth was injured when a copassenger allegedly attacked him with a dagger (kripan) while deboarding a metro train at Patel Chowk metro station on Sunday. The attacker, identified as Kanwaljeet was nabbed by CISF personnel soon after the attack and handed over to police. Nitin, who was injured...
  • US: Sikh beaten up, arrested for keeping Kirpan August 24, 2012

    Washington: An elderly Sikh man, in his early 70s, was allegedly beaten up by his neighbour in New Jersey following an altercation and was later arrested by the police because of keeping 'Kirpan', a Sikh article of faith. The incident happened on July 26, nearly 10 days before the shooting at...
  • US school bans 'kirpan', Sikhs concerned January 6, 2011

    Washington: A school in Michigan's Canton township has barred students from bringing a 'kirpan' to the premises after a fourth grader was found carrying the religious symbol and parents of other students objected to it. The move has troubled the small Sikh community in the township near Detroit, prompting them to...
  • Bill to educate police on kirpan vetoed by Schwarzenegger October 13, 2009

    Washington: The Sikh community in the US has reacted with anger and dismay after California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill to educate law enforcement officers about the religious significance of kirpans. The veto by the governor, who found the bill "unnecessary", took the community and lawmakers by surprise given bipartisan...
  • Californian legislature in the US passes Kirpan bill September 2, 2009

    Washington: In a landmark legislation, the Californian state legislature has unanimously passed a bill to train law enforcement personnel about Sikhs and the religious significance of 'Kirpans', a move that may decrease the number of "wasteful arrests" of people from the community. The legislation (AB 504) was unanimously passed by...
  • No kirpans for schoolkids: Oz Sikh body December 14, 2007

    Sydney: School students should not be allowed to carry the kirpan, says the Sikh Council of Australia, the apex representative body of Sikhs in the country, about the dagger worn as an article of faith by baptised Sikhs. Bawa Singh Jagdev, secretary of the council, told IANS, "Kirpans should not be...
  • Sikh kids can carry kirpans to school, in Australia December 6, 2007

    Melbourne: Sikh students would be allowed to carry kirpans to school, following a recommendation by a parliamentary committee in Australia's Victoria state, but the move has outraged principals. The committee has also given the green light for Muslim students to wear hijabs or veils in the state's classrooms, following a year-long...
  • Akali-Dera fight makes kirpan dearer May 19, 2007

    Hoshiarpur: The face-off between Dera Sacha Sauda and Sikh groups has resulted into a rise in the demand for Kirpans as many people now think the sword is mightier than the pen. It's sharp, thin and back in fashion. The kirpan – the Sikh ceremonial sword – is flying off shelves...
  • Sikh air travellers can carry daggers November 24, 2006

    New Delhi: Sikh passengers travelling by air are allowed to carry a kirpan (ceremonial dagger) provided the blade does not exceed six inches and the total length of it is no more than nine inches, the Union Cabinet decided Thursday. The decision was based on a recommendation from the National Commission...
  • Respect Sikhs poster campaign in US November 22, 2006

    Washington: With a view to assuage the feelings of Sikh Americans who have been involved in rows with security personnel over possession of kirpans, the US department of homeland security and a Sikh outfit have reached an agreement to display posters of various kirpans (ceremonial daggers) at checkpoints across the...